District voting now heads to a bench trial

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the appeal by the Fayette County Commission (BOC) and Fayette County Board of Education (BOE) of a federal court decision mandating district voting in Fayette County is in. The three-judge federal panel rejected Read More»

Coweta legislators preview upcoming session

The 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly is set to begin on Jan. 12. The Citizen asked some of the members of the Coweta County legislative delegation two general questions- what they see as the statewide priorities for the upcoming session and what they see as the local (Fayette County) priorities for the 2015 session.

Members asked to comment included Rep. Matt Ramsey (Rep. - District 63), Rep. David Stover (Rep. - District 71) and Sen. Mike Crane (District 28).

•Rep. Matt Ramsey Read More»



Coweta County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) team member Randy Mercer, center, was recently awarded the Emergency Management Agency of Georgia Jack Hobbs Award for Amateur Radio. Mercer served on the Coweta CERT board and is currently one of two lead instructors for the Coweta CERT program. Photo/Submitted.

Agency of the Year

Agency of the Year

Chattahoochee Hills Police Chief Matthew Rook displays the plaque indicating that the department was named the 2014 Agency of the Year for Metro Atlanta Traffic Enforcement Network. Rook recently traveled to New York City for the funerals of the two officers gunned down in Brooklyn on Dec. 20. Photo/Submitted.

Roundabout coming to busy Coweta intersection

It is still a couple of years away, but the Coweta County Commission on Jan. 6 approved a lighting agreement for the upcoming roundabout that will be installed at the intersection of Ga. highways 16 and 54.

County Director of Transportation and Engineering Tod Handley said the roundabout intersection improvement project at the intersection of Hwy. 16 and Hwy. 54 scheduled to begin in 2017 is proposed to include lighting of the intersection. Read More»

Brown voted out; Oddo new chairman, Democrat Coston new vice-chair

With the first full meeting of the Fayette County Commission Thursday night, it was out with the old and in with the new.

Republicans Charles Oddo and David Barlow teamed up with newly elected Democrat Pota Coston to strip Chairman Steve Brown of the gavel he has been wielding for two years and voted in a new slate.

By a 3-to-2 vote Thursday night, Charles Oddo is now chairman and Pota Coston is vice-chair. Brown retains his district seat as one of five commissioners, but loses his base of power, which includes his representation of the county at the powerful regional governing body, the Atlanta Regional Commission. Oddo now becomes that delegate to the power brokers in the metro area.

Brown complained bitterly. Read More»

Don't forget new golf cart registration law

Unincorporated county owners must register

Changes to Fayette County regulations require golf cart owners in unincorporated areas to register their carts by Jan. 30.

The golf cart registration fee is $12 and is good for five years.

“The registration and application of the decals is very important for enforcement by way of identifying the vehicle in cases of misuse or theft,” said Fayette County Clerk Floyd L. Jones in a written reminder of the new requirment. Read More»

Fayette County wins district voting appeal

Fayette County wins district voting appeal

Will get bench trial and a chance to keep at-large voting

A federal appeals court ruling says Fayette County gets another shot at upholding at-large voting for the board of commissioners and the board of education, The Citizen has learned.

The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta has ruled that the district court judge made a mistake in granting summary judgment in favor of the NAACP and against the county and the school board in the lawsuit alleging racial discrimination under the federal Voting Rights Act. Read More»

Fayette’s legislators detail their priorities for Jan. 12 session

Senator Marty Harbin (R-Tyrone).

The 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly is set to begin on Jan. 12. The Citizen asked the members of the Fayette legislative delegation two general questions: what they see as the statewide priorities for the upcoming session and what they see as the local (Fayette County) priorities for the 2015 session.
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Another first: Pota Coston takes oath as new commissioner

Judge Chris Edwards swears in Pota Coston Jan. 2 as husband Bernard looks on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

There was not a vacant seat in the Fayette County Commission chambers on Jan. 2 as new District 5 Fayette County Commissioner Pota Coston took the oath of office. Coston is the first African American to be elected to the commission and the first Democrat since the early 1990s. She was elected by a 2-to-1 margin last November in the newly created majority-minority District 5. Read More»

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